BMAT and CISAC are Improving the Identification of Musical Works…

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BMAT’s Vericast service monitors music usage for a fourth of all collection organizations. They monitor 3,000 sources, including radio and TV, to compile music usage reports.  All in all, that ads up to 25 million songs from 80,000 labels in over 50 countries.

Now, BMAT is adopting a new detection standard that will improve the identification process.

BMAT has signed an agreement with CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.  BMAT is now the first company to use CISAC’s ISWC standard (International Standard Musical Work Code), a “unique, permanent and internationally recognized ISO reference number for the identification of musical works.”

The ISWC standard will eliminate confusion surrounding similar song titles.  It also makes it easier to track songs in other countries and languages.

CISAC says the ISWC standard “provides real time recognition and auditable reporting based on an audio fingerprint that is resistant to signal alterations such as voice over, broadcast mastering or noisy channel degradation.”


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3 Responses

  1. Pete

    ISWC only helps identify musical works across parties but the main problem is matching ISWC to sound recordings identifier ISRC.

    Part of the solution but depends on the stakeholder within the digital supply chain.

    A step forward but no one wants to finance the matching process – GRD project aimed to do this but other agendas came to the forefront.

    Politics in music continues

  2. ISWC

    There’s a lot of cases of works with more than 1 ISWC.
    A lot of cases with the data referenced by this ISWC with errors and corruption.
    Build something on top of a bad technology (and standard) will not solve the problem.
    Need full rethinking.

  3. Jeff Robinson

    Wow. Like a company saying they can identify grass when it’s growing. This will not even matter. Millions of spins are missed even when a streaming company is reporting directly to a distributor, how will this be any more accurate?